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Portsmouth Rotary to honor retired officer Ronchi

PORTSMOUTH A long-time city resident, retired police detective and 10-year court security officer, Michael Ronchi will be honored by the Portsmouth Rotary next week for his career of public service.

Ronchi was nominated by Portsmouth Rotarian Paul Famulari who wrote in a nomination letter that Ronchi, supervisor of security at the Portsmouth Circuit Court, has spent the last decade keeping the facility safe “while going unnoticed.” He noted Ronchi was a 30-year member of the Portsmouth Police Department while he was “detective supervisor on numerous high-profile cases.”

When Ronchi retired, Famulari wrote, “he chose a different path than many of his fellow retired officers.

“Most retirees of our generation chose to continue their working life in the private sector without the stress of public service,” according to the nomination letter. “Michael did not choose the life of leisure on the golf course or a warm weather second home. Michael chose instead to continue his life of service to the community he calls home. Michael chose a path that at times place him in as much danger as any uniformed police officer, he chose to serve the residents of New Hampshire and the City of Portsmouth as a member of the New Hampshire Judicial Branch Security System.”

As such, Famulari wrote, Ronchi is “an excellent candidate for the 2017 Public Service Award of the Portsmouth Rotary.”

Ronchi is scheduled to receive the Public Service Award at noon on June 15 at the Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland.

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